A one-time top adviser to former President Donald Trump is reportedly leaving the Republican Party over a feud with party leaders whom she believes did not go far enough to support Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
Jenna Ellis played a leading role in litigating the disputed results of November’s presidential race and announced her decision to part ways with the GOP this week.
She called on Republican National Committee Chairperson Ronna McDaniel and other party leaders to step down, citing a newly publicized email delivered last year in which the GOP’s top lawyer dismissed Trump’s voter fraud claims as a “joke.”
During a recent interview, Ellis said that Republicans no longer represent conservatives and compromise too much on important issues from LGBTQ rights to election integrity.
Pointing to the email sent from RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer in November as a contributing factor to her decision, she declared that she will be leaving the party until “it wants to be conservative again.”
In his correspondence, Riemer claimed that election challenges by Ellis and others were “misleading millions who have wishful thinking that the president is going to somehow win this thing.”
Not only did Ellis call on McDaniel and others to “resign now,” she demanded to know what happened to the “millions raised” by the RNC in November and December in connection with the election controversy.
“She’s still lying”
She acknowledged that former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed for Riemer to resign, but the RNC denies there was a conflict and insists it “fought vigorously for election integrity before, during, and after the 2020 election.”
For his part, Riemer has denied that he did not support Trump, declaring his opposition to “individuals who brought lawsuits that did not serve President Trump well and did not give him the best chance in court.”
Ellis kept up her side of the dispute with a screenshot of his email, addressed to Liz Harrington, who is currently a Trump spokesperson.
As for McDaniel, she accused the Republican Party leader of “lying through her teeth.”
In a separate statement to the Washington Examiner, Ellis said of the RNC chairwoman: “She knew about this email from November, she promised to fire Riemer, and she lied then, and she’s still lying.”